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Employment Opportunity with Asbury Woods Partnership

Posted Aug 29, 2017

The Asbury Woods Partnership in Erie, PA seeks applications for its Executive Director with a projected start date of to 1 November 2017. The successful candidate will work with the Board of Directors and staff to manage the 205-acre property and nature center at Asbury Woods and preserve its > 60-year history of providing members of the community in Erie County with meaningful environmental, educational, and recreational experiences. Primary responsibilities include strategic planning, staff development and supervision, financial management, fund raising, public relations, program development, site management, and evaluation.

The successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, management from an accredited institution of higher education, natural sciences, education or related fields; Master’s degree in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, or related discipline is a plus. In addition, successful candidates should have a minimum of 7 years of experience in the non-profit, for-profit, or educational sectors (or any combination thereof), and at least 2 years of experience in a leadership role. Also crucial is a dedication to the mission, vision, strategic thinking, and community dedication of a public nature center, as well as a professional demeanor, high level of initiative, and the energy to work effectively with an engaged board of directors. A proven track record of developing and mentoring key staff is also important. Experience in an educational setting as a teacher of natural science would be a plus, as well as knowledge of environmental issues, natural science, and native plants & animals in eastern deciduous forests of eastern North America.

Asbury Woods is a nature center and preserve in Erie, PA with 4.5 miles of hiking trails, education programs and numerous other activities and events such as skiing, mountain biking, birding, parties, and festivals. It has become a premier destination for environmental education, exploration, and outdoor recreation in northwest Pennsylvania. The Asbury Woods Partnership is governed by a 17-member volunteer board made up of members of the community that supports the Partnership's programming and capital needs with fundraising, advocacy, and long-range planning.

The organization offers a competitive salary and benefits package and a great working environment. Interested and qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter as an email attachment to Kathleen Mosier at mosier@mtsd.org no later than 6 September 2017.

Asbury Woods Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Executive Director position available

Job title - Executive Director

Reports to - Board Chair of Asbury Woods Partnership Board of Directors

Job purpose

The Executive Director of the Asbury Woods Partnership is responsible for the Partnership's overall strategic direction, leadership and administration. Through guidance and approval from the Board, the Executive Director has broad authority to lead and govern the operations of the Partnership toward its mission, strategic goals and operations. Primary responsibilities include strategic planning, staff development and supervision, financial management, fund raising, public relations, program development, site management and evaluation.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Provide leadership in developing and achieving long term strategic plans and implementation of short term goals.
  • Coordinate and communicate long term strategic planning for the Partnership with the board, staff and volunteers. Provide visionary planning to meet the growth and development of the Partnership.
  • Ensures that the Partnership, staff and programs operate in compliance with applicable local, state and federal law and regulations.

Board/Community Relations

  •  Maintain an active and committed Board of Directors.
  •  Meet regularly with the Board President and various Board Committees and Members to ensure effective board processes, meetings and actions.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Partnership and the Millcreek Township School District (MTSD) regarding the MTSD educational programs.
  • Represent the Partnership and serve as an advocate with the non-profit community, local and state government agencies and business and corporations to build lasting partnerships that benefit the Partnership's mission.

Fiscal Management

  • Ensure the Partnership operates as a not-for-profit business in accordance with IRS 501(c)(3) regulations and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Prepare an annual budget and continually monitor the financial status of the Partnership through monthly financial reports and annuals reviews or audits.

Personnel Management

  •  Supervise all Partnership staff, including hiring, staffing, employee reviews, dismissals and administering of personnel policies.
  •  Establish and maintain clear roles, responsibilities, and lines of communication, while maintaining a team atmosphere.
  • Implement strategies and systems to ensure that the Partnership programs, operations and customer service meet the highest standards of quality and safety.
  •  Implement the Partnership's personnel policies, including recruitment, selection, training, appraisal, incentive, compensation, discipline and termination in order to recruit and retain a highly qualified and motivated staff.
  •  Interact with the volunteers and promote the volunteer programs at the Partnership.

Development and Marketing

  • Promote and ensure the financial sustainability of the Partnership, the nature center and its programming, including evaluation of revenue sources (including educational programs, camps, festivals, special events, gift shop and membership), donations and grants.
  • Work with development staff and Board on all fund raising activities including membership, sponsorship, annual appeal, grants, planned giving, endowment and fund raising events. Play an active role in fund raising as the lead solicitor for major gifts and grants to the Partnership.
  • Supervise all written publicity materials including the quarterly newsletter, website, brochures, and annual report to communicate the Partnership’s mission.
  • Promote the Partnership and its brand, and serve as an advocate with the nonprofit community, local and state government agencies, universities, schools and business to build lasting partnerships that benefit the Partnership’s mission.
  • Represent the Partnership with the media and supervise the marketing and development of the Partnership’s programs, projects, mission and goals.

Program Management

  • Work closely with the education staff to design, implement and assess educational programs and camps, and ensure the availability of the Partnership’s services and programs to all in the community.
  • Present selected programs and participate in special events.

Working conditions

This position has several special working conditions which include, regular evening and weekend work, working outdoors in varied weather, and working professionally with all members of the public, which includes people with disabilities. Security/background investigations required prior to start of employment.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job functions of the Executive Director position (listed within Position Specifications) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.

Position Specifications

Physical Demands and Activities

 1. Ability to remain in a stationary position at a desk for extended periods of time

 2. Ability to teach in an indoor and outdoor class setting

 3. Ability to lead nature hikes, including identifying varying aspects of nature in a dynamic natural environment

 4. Moderate lifting from 15-50 pounds

 5. Some carrying up to 50 pounds

 6. Ability to use office equipment

 7. Frequent and repetitive word processing on a computer

 8. Frequent and repetitive use of a computer, including email and other input and retrieval

9. Ability to read and respond to written correspondence

10. Ability to complete a 5 mile hike

11. Manual dexterity to use hand tools and power tools


 1. Ability to work as a member of a team

 2. Must be courteous to public and co-workers

 3. Must be cooperative, congenial, service oriented, and promote these qualities

 4. Must be able to respond to directions and accept constructive feedback

 5. Ability to work in an environment with frequent interruptions

 6. Must be flexible and able to tolerate many situations and personalities

Cognitive Ability

1. Ability to follow verbal and written directions

2. Ability to communicate clearly and distinctly with others on the telephone and in person

3. Ability to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision

4. Ability to read, write, and do complex computations

5. Ability to use correct grammar, sentence structure, and spelling

6. Ability to compose clear, concise sentences and paragraphs

7. Ability to work independently and make work-related decisions

8. Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks and problem solving

9. Ability to communicate effectively to the public

Asbury Woods Partnership


Search Criteria


  • Bachelor’s degree in are relevant discipline, e.g. Organizational Leadership,Management from an accredited institution of higher education, Natural Sciences, Education.
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership or related discipline from an accredited institution of higher education is a plus.

Professional Experience:

  •  A minimum of 7 years’ experience working in the non-profit, for-profit or educational sectors (or any combination  there of) is desirable with at least two years in a leadership role.
  • Experience in an educational setting as a teacher of natural science would be a plus.
  • Direct experience in leading a non-profit organization or a department of an on profit or a division of a for- profit  organization with a sound understanding of the financial management required for success.
  •  Experience in community outreach and community relations.
  •  Development and fund-raising experience.
  •  Marketing and public relations experience.
  • Project Management experience.
  • Proven track record of mentoring and developing key staff.

Personal and Professional Attributes: While relevant experience is important, personal and professional attributes have been proven to predict a higher degree of success in leadership positions.

  •  A passion for and dedication to the mission of Asbury Woods Partnership. A passion for natural science education.
  •  A visionary. One who can see opportunities for the future growth and development of Asbury Woods.
  •  A charismatic leader with strong leadership and management skills; genuine.
  •  A leader who is strategic in his or her thinking.
  •  A high level of emotional maturity.
  •  An ability and willingness to get out and increase the visibility of Asbury Woods and its mission.
  •  Solid organization a land effective time management skills-able to keep track of tasks ,budgets ,deadlines, and follow-up as necessary.
  •  Excellent communication and public speaking skills. Comfortable in a public setting.
  •  Engaging and persuasive. Able to relate effectively to staff ,Board, donors, community organizations, social service organizations and educational institutions.
  • An ability to forge and nurture professional relationships.
  •  A professional appearance and demeanor.
  •  A high level of integrity and trustworthiness.
  •  An entrepreneurial approach to the job. A high level of initiative.
  •  Excellent listening skills.
  •  Able to work under pressure and coordinate numerous activities and staff efforts.
  •  Organized and effective time management-ability to keep track of tasks, budgets, deadlines, and follow-up as necessary.
  • Assertive and energetic.
  • Able to work effectively with an engaged and knowledgeable Board of Directors.
  •  A sound understanding of funding and development.
  •  Patience, sensitivity and empathy.
  •  Respectful of others.

Possesses the ability to perform the position of Executive Director as described in the job description for such position.

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